Monday, September 11, 2006

Examples of the faith: Richard Wurmbrand

Reading about great men and women of God in history has become a new passion for me. My faith and lifestyle have been continually challenged as I read their stories filled with hardships, but balanced with rock-solid faith. God has kept their stories alive to keep us unsatisfied with our own walk, and to attest to the power we have in Christ

"And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. And they did not love their lives so to fear death. " Rev. 12:11

'Tortured for Christ'.

Written by Richard Wurmbrand, a pastor who spent 14 years in prison in Communist Romania. He has written several books describing these horrifying years: 'If Prison Walls could Speak', 'God's Underground Church'. They are extrememly sobering to read, as we have no concept of any kind of persecution. Christians in Communist countries were systematically beaten, tortured, brainwashed, while living in dirty, cold cells with watery soup to eat, and no hope for release.

Would you still stand for Jesus in these conditions?

Read about men who have, and let God work in your heart.

What a privilege we have to worship our God openly in our Western countries! How can we as the Free church help our persecuted brothers and sisters? You will probably be surprised as to how many countries still actively persecute christians.
Wurmbrand's sole goal since his release has been to wake up the free Western churches to the atrocities happening to the church in anti-christian countries. He started the world-wide organization Voice of the Martyrs. VOM's ministry is geared to bring the believers in the West to their knees in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters. This organization also provides many opportunities to support these persecuted christians and their families. Check out their website, and read some of the stories firsthand. You can receive their quarterly newsletter for free.